For a few days this week, the sky was falling for the Colorado Rockies. And it wasn’t just because a temporary steady rain threatened to delay part of their first game against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field.
No, Rockies fans started to get a little edgy because the Mariners took the first three games of a four-game, home-and-home interleague series. You know, those Seattle Mariners that were in the bottom of the American League West standings heading into the series. And they did it against those Colorado Rockies, the team that was coming off a stretch that had won nine out of its last 13 games, including a sparkling 7-3 road trip during a season-long journey away from Coors Field.
But, as Colorado manager Bud Black reminds us often during his press conferences, that’s baseball. It’s a game sometimes that doesn’t make sense because teams can go from ice cold to red hot (or vice versa) in a very short time.
Another thing that Black reminded us of before the team hit the road to Seattle was that this year’s team shouldn’t be judged on how past Colorado teams have performed.
"“Like I’ve said many times, this is a new team,” Black adamantly told reporters on Tuesday night. “Every year is different. The composition of the team. The composition of the coaching staff. The composition of a new year. I don’t want to draw any comparisons to previous teams. I assume that we’ll play good baseball, home and road.”"
Yes, this Rockies team may be different. However, there are certain things that we can guarantee will happen as the season goes along. With that in mind, let’s take a look at those five guarantees.